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Episode 6

Understanding from the Land with Dr. Melissa Arcand

In episode 6 we’re joined by Dr. Melissa Arcand, Assistant Professor and Soil Biogeochemist, from the University of Saskatchewan. Melissa is also the academic advisor for students in the Kanawayihetaytan Askiy program, which trains students to work in resource management and land governance in Indigenous communities across Canada. We discuss how Melissa’s work as a natural scientist intersects with that of Indigenous knowledge systems, and we get the history lesson you wished you would have had years ago when it comes to Indigenous agriculture on the prairies and the oppressive policies put in place by the government of the day. Melissa also shares the work she leads that empowers First Nations land managers.

Update! The Diversity Imperative podcast has officially gone seeding for #plant21! We’ll be back for our summer series in a few weeks’ time. Until then, check us out on social media and @ the diversityimperative.com to see some of the great resources from season 1.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Nisitohtamowin askihk ohci: Understanding from the land – Dr. Melissa Arcand

Episode 5

“Creating community through Pride in Ag”

In episode 5, Erin and Hannah are joined by Julia Romagnoli, Production Ag Specialist with John Deere from Guelph Ontario, and creator and curator of the Pride in Ag Instagram account. We discuss how Julia is using this platform to create community and connect people that identify as LGBTQ+ in agriculture, plus so much more! Julia leaves us with a few small but powerful and meaningful ways we can all make positive change for LGBTQ+ inclusion in agriculture.



Episode 4

“Accountability for organizations”

We’re talking accountability for agricultural organizations on episode 4, featuring guests Joe Dickenson, beef producer and director with Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO), and Chantelle Donahue, grain farmer from Saskatchewan and Vice President & Commercial Leader for Global Edible Oil Solutions-North America, for Cargill. We discuss the ways BFO and Cargill, two very different organizations, are working to hold themselves accountable when it comes to building diversity, equity, and inclusion into their organizations. Erin and Hannah also discuss some learning they did on transactional and transformational leadership. 
Beef Farmers of Ontario’s Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Brené with Aiko Bethea on Inclusivity at Work: The Heart of Hard Conversations
Brené with Aiko Bethea on Creating Transformative Cultures
Episode 3

“For #IWD2021, a conversation with the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau”

To celebrate #IWD2021, Erin and Hannah are joined by Canadian Agriculture’s leading women, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. They discuss her path to politics and the agriculture sector, and what it was like to be the first female Minister of Agriculture in Canada. 
Minister Bibeau also discusses the governments 50-30 challenge, an initiative to accelerate diversity actions in Canadian organizations and why our sector should #choosetochallenge.
Hannah and Erin discuss why targets should be considered when it comes to lifting your diversity and inclusion goals off the page.
Resources mentioned in this episode: 
The 50 – 30 Challenge: Your Diversity Advantage
Power Gap – Corporate Canada is still a boys club:
Episode 2

“Elevating Voices: How to be an Ally”

We cover a lot of ground with Christine Simpson, hockey reporter for Sportsnet, to unearth what the agriculture sector can learn from sport when it comes to diversity and inclusion. We discuss what hockey is doing to eradicate racism and to ensure “hockey is for everyone”, as well as how to be an effective ally and the need for organizations to “evolve or die.”

Episode 1

“It’s a JOURNEY”

On episode 1 of The Diversity Imperative, hosts Erin Gowriluk and Hannah Konschuh talk to Dan Wright, Head of Seeds for Syngenta Canada about his shift in moving towards the important conversation of diversity, equity, and inclusion. They discuss how to get over your fear of talking about diversity, as well as Syngenta’s strategy to create an equitable company culture.

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